Carrying on from my last post about tightening the pursestrings, I touched on reducing the amount of food we waste. Bananas are amongst one of the most frequently wasted foods in the UK. Shockingly, 1.4 million bananas are thrown away every day and the main reason is simply that they were just not eaten in time. Bananas that are past their best are great in banana cakes, muffins, loaves and as a speedy, healthy ice-cream! Tonight we had almost two bunches of them to make use of so we made a giant batch of banana fritters and they were delicious!
Alternatively bananas can be popped in the freezer as a great base for smoothies and as a cheap and healthy snack for little ones and grownups too of course!
To improve the longevity of bananas make sure not to put them in the fridge as they will go black, but keep them somewhere nice and cool. Bananas also release ethylene gas, a hormone that triggers ripening, so make sure you keep them distant from other fruits.
Lastly, who knew to feed banana skins to roses? As they break down they add nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus to the soil, naturally building and improving soil quality. Great addition to the compost pile!